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    I Broke One of the "Rules" Last Summer

    I confess - I broke one of "The Rules" of road cycling while on a very hot day in August. The Velominati have established these "rules" and I was in flagrant violation of rule 7 - no sleeveless jerseys while cycling. It was so hot and there was no strong sun to worry about getting burned on my upper arms that I just didn't care. Honestly, I don't get what the big deal is about wearing this type of shirt but I only own one and save it for the very hottest days.

    LOL - the reaction from fellow road cyclists out there was noticeable. I only got one wave and I passed by many cyclists. Has anyone else noticed this phenomena?
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    In general, if you truly interpreted the reactions of fellow riders, it could have been:

    No sleeves = triathlete = poor bike handling skills = stay far, far away.

    Granted, I know a lot of triathletes that have far better bike handling skills than I do (they ride a lot of MTB), but I've seen a whole lot that scare the living crap out of me. As I get older and the crashes add up, I think about these things more than I used to. Probably too much for my own good.

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    Sleeveless is my go-to standard most of the year. Been that way for decades. If you hadn't made your OP I would never have known about the rule. Obviously, no one has ever said or indicated anything about it to me.

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    All you needed was a helmet visor to complete "the look".


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    And some 'truck nutz'

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    I thought that you were going to say that you wore your bib straps over your jersey.
    If your opinion differs from mine, ..........Too bad.
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    You look like a triathlete is why:

    Triathlete in general means low/no bike handling skills, rides aero time trial bikes on the road, rides time trial bike on the road without full discs on a windy day, or rides with clip ons on their regular bike when not time trialing reducing their bike handling skills by 90% by not using their handlebars.

    Triathlete = stay very far away/don't ride in our grupeto because you will crash and kill us all.

    Cyclist = A ride should never be followed directly by a swim and a run for the purposes of sport.

    Cyclist = UCI Triathlete = ITU.

    I mean, all of this is fine if you just don't care, but this is just for future reference when you're out on your bike and people start giving you Forrest Whitaker eye consistently.
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    The unwrit, 96th rule of the Velominati allegedly says that only a plonker shall follow all of the other rules.

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    IMHO, I don't care what anybody else wears as long as they are out there riding and aren't showing anything illegal.

    Don't overthink it. Wear what is comfortable and of course visible.

    PS, nice bike, love the color. Too bad you never see burgundy bikes anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB176 View Post
    I confess - I broke one of "The Rules" of road cycling while on a very hot day in August. The Velominati have established these "rules" and I was in flagrant violation of rule 7 - no sleeveless jerseys while cycling. It was so hot and there was no strong sun to worry about getting burned on my upper arms that I just didn't care. Honestly, I don't get what the big deal is about wearing this type of shirt but I only own one and save it for the very hottest days.

    LOL - the reaction from fellow road cyclists out there was noticeable. I only got one wave and I passed by many cyclists. Has anyone else noticed this phenomena?
    Wea what you like, but as for me I'm not that fond of staring at your armpit hair when I'm drafting you. So I don't care about sleeveless for women, but for men . . .

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    Sleeveless is no good. Unfortunately, the bumblebee yellow and black with the horribly clashing blue stitching on the shorts are also only the start of the problems we see here. The riser stem. The giant saddle bag. The one red tire. The mismatched cages. Is that a valve cap I spy? There are multiple violations. Unacceptable.

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    Feel free to ignore an 8+ year old gimmick cycling website. More than likely you are seeing simple confirmation bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    Sleeveless is no good. Unfortunately, the bumblebee yellow and black with the horribly clashing blue stitching on the shorts are also only the start of the problems we see here. The riser stem. The giant saddle bag. The one red tire. The mismatched cages. Is that a valve cap I spy? There are multiple violations. Unacceptable.
    just needs a Camelbak and some tube socks to complete the fashion train wreck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolhand View Post
    Feel free to ignore an 8+ year old gimmick cycling website. More than likely you are seeing simple confirmation bias.
    ^This.^
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    IMHO, I don't care what anybody else wears as long as they are out there riding and aren't showing anything illegal.

    Don't overthink it. Wear what is comfortable and of course visible.

    PS, nice bike, love the color. Too bad you never see burgundy bikes anymore.
    Thanks about the color. Kind of fortunate actually as the paint has tended to chip a bit even soon after I got it way back in 2002. I found a nail polish color that is an exact match so I've used that to touch it up when needed.

    As for the "rules", some I agree with and others I don't. I really couldn't care less but I did notice quite a clear difference in how other riders I came across reacted to me. No big deal, of course, but it was an interesting observation. I couldn't care less about the tires, bottle cages (one is red and the other black on purpose to match the bike colors), or any of the other criticisms. I care about how the bike itself rides and my ability to ride well. That's pretty much it.

    Maybe it is the tri thing though my bike has no features of a tri bike.
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    It's an aesthetic judgement most likely.
    mismatched tires, mismatched bottles, wife beater shirt with lycra bottoms and it looks like you are wearing a backpack from the front, by the time a cyclist can compute all that the chance to wave has gone.

    who cares about people not waving to you. do your own thing and just enjoy it. ride safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB176 View Post
    I really couldn't care less but I did notice quite a clear difference in how other riders I came across reacted to me. No big deal, of course, but it was an interesting observation. I couldn't care less about the tires, bottle cages (one is red and the other black on purpose to match the bike colors), or any of the other criticisms. I care about how the bike itself rides and my ability to ride well.
    I've always said that if riders won't ride with me because of stupid stuff like this, those aren't people I would want to ride with anyway. Can you say POSEUR?
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    If they don't wave back the first time, you need to wave more vigorously.

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    Just a friendly observation here...you don't have the physique of a typical cyclist/road weenie. You look more like a weight lifter (out on a casual ride) than a roadie. That may have something to do with it...intimidation, perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    I've always said that if riders won't ride with me because of stupid stuff like this, those aren't people I would want to ride with anyway. Can you say POSEUR?
    I pretty much "wave" at anyone, because I'm genuinely glad to see others cranking the pedals rather than adding to pollution.

    That said, like most people, I evaluate every rider that comes near me based on visual cues out of self-preservation. Sometimes I completely miss the boat. I'll ride with pretty much anyone if they promise not to immediately drop me, but those early indicators often help me determine how much space to give someone until I can see how they pedal and handle a bike. Sometimes the fashion trainwreck is the best rider in the group and the best kitted is the worst. However, I still make those discriminatory judgements until I have more to work with.

    Form follows function, so do what works for you. Just don't be upset when people don't readily accept your sense of style. Having a thick skin is a valuable asset for a roadie, because... Lycra.

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    Rules? You don't need no stinking rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiro11 View Post
    Sleeveless is no good. Unfortunately, the bumblebee yellow and black with the horribly clashing blue stitching on the shorts are also only the start of the problems we see here. The riser stem. The giant saddle bag. The one red tire. The mismatched cages. Is that a valve cap I spy? There are multiple violations. Unacceptable.
    To tell you the truth, I'm not crazy about the powder blue shingles on the house either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
    IMHO, I don't care what anybody else wears as long as they are out there riding and aren't showing anything illegal.

    Don't overthink it. Wear what is comfortable and of course visible.

    PS, nice bike, love the color. Too bad you never see burgundy bikes anymore.
    That's because burgundy bikes are slow as molasses running uphill in January.

    I'd rattle-can that bike orange, toot sweet.

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    Velominati rules are stupid. Who cares if you break them.

    But... those baggy "tights"? What's up with that? Did you lose 100lbs since you bought them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    To tell you the truth, I'm not crazy about the powder blue shingles on the house either.
    This is the first really useful comment on the whole thread, though I must admit I kind of like the shingle color.
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